Event Name: Seed Africa Symposium: From Innovation to Imitation – Replicating Successful Business Models for Green Growth and Sustainable Development
Event Date: September 28-29, 2016
Event Location: Safari Park Hotel, Thika Road, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya
Cost: The cost to attend the event is EUR 200 (USD 224), with a discounted rate of EUR 120 (USD 135) offered for students and representatives of social enterprises and nonprofit organizations.
Summary of Event: This event will serve as a forum for discussion regarding the replication of “proven” business models to encourage “green growth” and other forms of sustainable economic development in Africa. The symposium will include speakers, panels and discussion sessions focused on identifying challenges to replication, showcasing success stories and working towards “ground-breaking solutions mutually developed by stakeholders from business, politics, academia and civil society.” The symposium will also include the 2016 Seed Award Ceremony recognizing outstanding performance by social and environmental enterprises, a “South-South Exhibition” demonstrating local entrepreneurial green growth efforts and opportunities for networking among investors and entrepreneurs.
Background on Organizers: Seed (formerly known as the Seed Initiative) is a Germany-based nonprofit forum focused on supporting the development of small-scale social and environmental enterprises in developing and emerging economies. Seed was launched at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa as a partnership among the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Other Seed partners include: the governments of Flanders, Germany, India, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States of America; the European Union; and US-based Conservation International. Seed operates primarily through four activities: (1) the Seed Awards, an annual award scheme recognizing “innovative” social and environmental enterprises; (2) Seed Support, a business development service; (3) Seed Research and Learning, the organization’s research arm; and (4) the Seed Forum and Network, a platform on which Seed members can interact.
Event Website: https://www.seed.uno/seedas16/
For additional information, you may contact Marion Müller vom Berge by phone at +49 89 286 758 96 or by email at symposium[at]seed.uno.
By Michelle Dold, Research Associate
Sources and Additional Information:
 MicroCapital Universe Profile: Seed
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